Friday, March 28, 2008

Prince William County Should Have Remembered Riverside, NJ

Anyone remember Riverside, New Jersey...? The sleepy town of 8,000 "nestled across the Delaware River from Philadelphia" that hounded those horrid illegals away...?

“It changed the face of Riverside a little bit,” said Charles Hilton, the former mayor who pushed for the ordinance. (He was voted out of office last fall but said it was not because he had supported the law.)

“The business district is fairly vacant now, but it’s not the legitimate businesses that are gone,” he said. “It’s all the ones that were supporting the illegal immigrants, or, as I like to call them, the criminal aliens.”

Well, don't say the howler didn't warn Prince William County voters last fall; the same thing was bound to happen to them. And indeed, the rooster has come to feast at the county's just deserts.

That's right, no longer flush with Latinos, county coffers are starting to feel the pinch. Legitimate businesses are going belly-up; real estate prices are plummeting; and property taxes are going up.

Here are a few lines on the topic from yesterday's Washington Post :

With Latinos fleeing the combined effects of the construction downturn, the mortgage crisis and new local laws aimed at catching illegal immigrants, Latino shops are on the brink of bankruptcy, church groups are hemorrhaging members, neighborhoods are dotted with for-sale signs, and once-busy strip malls have been transformed into ghost towns.
Howling Latina just learned that Prince William County teachers are being fired due to budget shortfalls. Next school year, county school kids will have to make do with disgrunted and harried school teachers as well as larger class sizes. Now that should warm any taxpaying parent's heart; but hey, at least their sweet kids won't have to learn alongside those filthy "illegals."

And what sayeth immigration alarmist and favorite glad-hander Corey A. Stewart about this sad state of affairs...?

"I believe the benefits will far outweigh the drawbacks," said Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large), chairman of the Board of County
Supervisors and a leading advocate of the new policy allowing police to check the immigration status of people stopped for other violations. "And there will continue to be . . . a thriving Latino community in the county into the future."
Wah, ha, ha, ha, ha.

GOPers have proved time and again they simply DO NOT KNOW how to govern. Republicans are doing to Prince William County what they recklessly did to the rest of our nation. Contrary to Mr. Stewart's gift of spin, as long as he is in charge, things will only get worse.

Update: Oops, the howler failed to note that back in February, Virginia Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax) was making the exact point as the howler. The single person most responsible for the real estate meltdown in PWC is Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large). Saslaw was quoted in an article by the Washington Post saying that "Stewart 'pretty much trashed [the] county" with his successful effort of driving immigrants away. Sorry about that...

I grew up in Riverside, NJ and return a couple of times a year to visit family. My wife is a teacher in Prince WIlliam County. Riverside is an old town that has had many stores close since the 1960s. Nothing has changed about that over the past 48 years. Prince William County is not firing teachers because of a lack of students. Where do you come up with this stuff? There are actually factual arguments that support the integration of illegal aliens into society --- try using one!
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